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Guttering – okay, granted, it’s not the most exciting topic. But it is nonetheless an essential part of any functioning home. And when it goes wrong, you soon know about it.
Maintaining your guttering is an essential task, but many homeowners don’t do it. In this article, we’re going to take a look at some of the consequences of not doing so. Hopefully, it’ll scare you into action.
Nasty Thing #1: Insect Infestation
Bugs love moisture. It’s a source of water and food (because it permits the growth of other organisms). Dirty gutters are the perfect refuge for insects looking for a home and can attract all sorts of nasty critters, like roaches, earwigs, and termites. Termites are particularly dangerous because of their tendency to chew through wood. Keep your gutters clean, and you won’t have to deal with these problems.
Nasty Thing #2: Cracks In The Foundation
There’s another reason you want to look after your gutters: to protect your foundations. When gutters get clogged with debris such as leaves and twigs, guttering can overflow during a storm, pouring out over the walls and down the side of your home.
The purpose of guttering is to keep water away from the sides of your house, but when it doesn’t work, water can accumulate and eventually seep into the foundations. When foundations get wet, they lose their strength and can crack – something that is expensive to repair.
Nasty Thing #3: Leaking Roof
Ideally, water should run off roofs into guttering and then down into a drainage system. But that doesn’t always happen if the gutters are clogged. Water can accumulate on the roof, especially flat roofs, leading to leakage that can penetrate the materials underneath. When paired with things like the Erie metal roofing system, proper guttering can withstand all but the very worst weather.
Nasty Thing #4: Puddles Of Water In Your Basement
Most people don’t make the connection, but your guttering and basement are intimately related. Clogs in your guttering will cause water to spill out and run down to the foot of your building. If water remains there too long, there’s a risk that it will leak into the basement, causing puddles on the floor.
Leaking basements aren’t just expensive to clean up and unhygienic: they could be a hazard too. Cellars often contain electrical circuits which could be shorted.
Nasty Thing #5: Damage To Your Driveway
When gutters don’t work, water leaks down onto the ground below. During the summer, excess water might not seem like a problem, but it’s during the winter that the real damage happens. Water gets into small cracks in your drive and sidewalk. When temperatures fall below freezing, water turns solid and expands, forcing cracks apart. After several rounds of freezing and thawing, cracks can become widened, and entire driveways may need replacing. Make sure that all water is drained away into a proper drainage system.
So what state are your gutters in? Do you need to clean them out right now to prevent damage to your property?